No News is Not Good News: Combating Pervasive Violence Against Journalists in Mexico


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For the past four years, Mexico has consistently ranked among the world’s deadliest countries for journalists.  Reporters who cover sensitive topics such as organized crime are subject to threats, violence, exile, even murder, with journalists who expose collusion between criminals and public officials at particular risk. Impunity for these crimes remains almost absolute.

Although it is one of the few countries in Latin America with a formal mechanism for the protection of journalists and a Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression, neither have served to significantly improve security conditions for journalists. The murder of six journalists over the past seven months has firmly established Mexico as the world’s deadliest country for journalists in 2019.

Who threatens journalists in Mexico, and why? What efforts have been made by the Mexican government to mitigate violence, and what more needs to be done? Can lessons be taken from other countries in the region? To analyze the patterns of violence against journalists in Mexico, the shortcomings of current efforts to protect the country’s media workers, and the steps needed to break the cycle of impunity, the Inter-American Dialogue is pleased to partner with Reporters Without Borders to host “No News is Not Good News: Combating Pervasive Violence Against Journalists in Mexico.”

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Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)


Sabine Dolan

Interim Executive Director, Reporters Without Borders USA (RSF) (@sabinedolan)


Maureen Meyer

Director, Mexico Program, Washington Office on Latin America (@meyermc)

Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul

Freelance journalist; Founder and Lead, Democracy Fighters (@luoach)

Dolia Estévez weekly columnist and free lance journalist (@DoliaEstévez)

Edison Lanza 

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (@EdisonLanza


Michael Camilleri

Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)